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A History of the Schenectady Patent in the Dutch and English Times
7: Adult Freeholders — Harmanus Vedder

Prof. Jonathan Pearson

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[This information is from p. 200 of A History of the Schenectady Patent in the Dutch and English Times; being contributions toward a history of the lower Mohawk Valley by Jonathan Pearson, A. M. and others, edited by J. W. MacMurray, A. M., U. S. A. (Albany, NY: J. Munsell's Sons, Printers, 1883). It is in the Schenectady Collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at Schdy R 974.744 P36, and copies are also available for borrowing.]

[Copies of this book are available from the Schenectady County Historical Society.]

[The original version uses assorted typographical symbols to represent footnotes. To improve legibility, the online version uses the form (page number - note number.)]

Harmanus, son of Harmen Albertse, was an Indian trader. He first married in 1691, Grietje, daughter of Jacques Cornelise Van Slyck and widow of Andries Arentse Bratt, through whom he probably obtained possession of the village lot on the north corner of State and Church streets, and the use of most of Bratt's property during the life of his wife, who died about 1730. (200-2) In 1733 he married Ariaantje, daughter of Claas Laurens Van der Volgen and widow of Aarnold De Graaf. He had eleven children all born before 1711.

On the 27th Sept., 1733, the Dutch church conveyed to him and his son Harmen, Jr., for 13 pounds [$32.50], "a lot on the south side of Schenectady and on the south side of Mill creek, beginning at the mill dam, — thence along said creek [easterly] with a straight line 283 feet to land of Gerrit Symonse Veeder to a post, thence along land of said Gerrit Symonse Veeder [south] westerly 180 feet to land of Cornelis Vielè, thence along land of Cornelis Vielè north [westerly] 215 feet and thence 70 feet to said Mill dam, Amsterdam measure." (200-3)

On the 21st July, 1757, Harmen Vedder, Jr., conveyed this lot to Alexander Vedder then in possession of the mill. Ferry street (extended south) from State street passes through this lot. In 1747 he was also the reputed owner of at least a part of his father's farm No. 9, — on the bouwland. (200-4)

Notes

(200-2) Bratt Papers.

(200-3) Dutch Church Papers.

(200-4) Gerrit Symonse Veeder's will.

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